Last Night on the Farm - 4/28
A split on the farm. Let’s get to it. Buffalo 4, Rochester 3Vinny Rotino’s two out, bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth plated Omar Quintanilla, who led off the inning getting hit by a pitch, giving the Herd the victory. Jeremy Hefner started and deserved better, though he wound up with a no decision (7.2IP, 3R, 2ER, 6H, 0BB, 3K). Josh Edgin tossed another scoreless inning in relief, and Fernando Cabrera got the win with a third of an innings of relief. Here’s a blast from the past, Deolis Guerra, one time top prospect for the Mets who was dealt in the Johan Santana deal, tossed three scoreless innings of relief for the Red Wings. It looks like he’ll get to make his big league debut at some time this year. Andres Torres went 1 for 3 with a run scored to complete his rehab assignment. He’ll be activated tomorrow in Houston.Erie 3, Binghamton 2There would be no late inning heroics this time as the B-Mets comeback fell just short against the Sea Wolves. Colin McHugh labored through the first four innings, issuing four walks and getting his pitch count up before it all caught up with him in the fifth. Erie got three runs before Kevin Mulvey and Erik Turgeon closed the door, but that was all they would need. Jefry Marte went 1 for 4 with an RBI, upping his slash line to .367/.418/.483 St Lucie 4, Jupiter 0This season the Mets have been placing an emphasis on getting more pitchers starting experience, no matter where they may wind up. This is to give them a better chance to develop against professional hitting, as well as to get a better idea of what exactly they have in some of these guys. Case in point, Cory Mazzoni. After coming out of NC State in the second round, he relieved at Brooklyn last year, mainly because he had a full workload with the Wolf Pack, but also that’s just where he projects. This year he has been starting while he really gets broken in as a pro, and he has been impressing. Last night he went five shutout innings (lowering his ERA to an even 3.00) striking out four and giving up six hits and a walk. Ryan Fraser, Tyler Whitenton, and Adam Kolarek tossed goose eggs the rest of the way. With the bats, Cory Vaughn had a big night, going 2 for 5 with another home run and two RBI. And Danny Muno went 1 for 5 with a run. Lexington 5, Savannah 4 (11 innings)Learn as you go. Michael Fulmer had a tough one last night, lasting only 3.2 innings giving up 4 runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four. Jeff Walters, Jack Leathersitch, and Estarlin Morel gave the Sand Gnats time to get even, but after TJ Chism tossed a scoreless tenth he gave up a home run to lead off the eleventh. Did I say ‘give the Sand Gnats time to get even’? I meant TJ Rivera, who was a one man offense for Savannah, going for 5 with a homer and knocked in all four runs.